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Buju Banton sentenced to 10 years in prison

Grammy-award-winning star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in jail in the US for his role in setting up a cocaine deal in 2009.

buju.jpgThe singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was told at Tampa federal court that he must serve five years' probation following prison.

Previously the Dancehall artist had insisted in court that he had been merely boasting about the deal.

Prosecutors conceded he had never put money into a deal or profitted from it.

His record Before the Dawn won best reggae album at the Grammy Awards ceremony earlier this year.

In February the star was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute it, along with a further drug trafficking offence and a gun charge.

He was acquitted of a fourth charge for attempted cocaine possession

It was Banton's second trial - his first ended in September when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Much of the case hinged on video and audio recordings taken by an informant and by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel.

The informant was paid $50,000 (£31,000) after Banton's arrest in December 2009, along with two others.

One video shown to the jury showed Banton apparently tasting cocaine in a Florida warehouse.

A co-defendant later gave the informant $135,000 (£83,705). He and another man pleaded guilty to drug charges in the case.

Source: bbc.co.uk/news

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Comments (4)

 

jonny:
Posted by jonny | June 23, 2011 1:00 PM

the good thing is buju will be out in 6 yrs time a fly so dont worry gargamel keep u head up



Vanessa:
Posted by Vanessa | June 23, 2011 2:07 PM

Bull sh*t tasting Cocaine is still not enough to find some one guilty. From the first case this should have been thrown out, if it was a murder case, then the defendant would be free to go and could not be tried again for the same crime. I don't over's American law at all.

I said this before and I will say it again. Cocaine is a drug used by people who want to use it. It is a pity that the American Justice system dose not make Child Abuse and Child Molestation a Federal Crime, instead they want to label these devils with illness and small two year sentence's. What dose this ay about America the Great United States of the World. I feel it for Buju mi nuh business wa people wan sa bout him ah F**kery just gwan and the Jamaica Government never said any thing to support the contributions he has made through his career. Sad day for Jamaica. All out Love Buju.



lisa:
Posted by lisa | June 23, 2011 4:34 PM

Wow im shocked about bujus verdict wish things was different
me sorry and it hurt me to me heart,but it is what it is best wishes.



lisa:
Posted by lisa | June 23, 2011 4:52 PM

Wow im shocked about bujus verdict wish things was different
me sorry and it hurt me to me heart,but it is what it is best wishes.



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